The Games We Played: Sports in Nineteenth Century America
June 13 - October 7, 2011
Main Room, Clements Library
909 S. University Ave., Ann Arbor, MI
Curated by Emiko Hastings
This exhibition offers a sampling of books, manuscripts, prints, photographs and other materials to illustrate the many sports played in 19th century America. Broadly defined, the theme of sports includes team sports, leisure activities, and other outdoor amusements like hunting and camping. In the 19th century, as life became increasingly urban and industrialized, activities like hunting, fishing, and running went from essential subsistence skills to entertainments reserved for leisure time. Some of the most popular sports today, including baseball, basketball, and football, were first developed in the 19th century. By the end of the 19th century, many sports had become formalized with the establishment of clubs, governing bodies, and official rulebooks.
Open to the public in the Main Room of the Clements Library Monday through Thursday from 1:00 pm to 4:45 pm. The Clements Library is located on the campus of the University of Michigan at 909 South University Avenue, Ann Arbor. For further information please call 734-764-2347.